Saturday, March 5, 2016

SKYSCAN Atomic Clock with Outdoor Wireless Temperature Model 86722 Operating Manual, Fix, and Alternate Products

The battery contacts can become insecure. Bend them out or extend them out using a pliers to make better contact with the batteries.

To get the outdoor temperature display to work again. Pull the batteries out of the outdoor temperature transmitter and clock and leave out for at least 30 seconds.  Prepare battery installation for both clock and transmitter. Place batteries in clock, then immediately place batteries in transmitter (install batteries in transmitter before manually setting clock). Outdoor temperature should display immediately but can take up to four minutes.



Model 86722
SKYSCAN ATOMIC CLOCK  WITH OUTDOOR  WIRELESS TEMPERATURE    MODEL 86722 Instruction Manual   INTRODUCTION:   Congratulations on purchasing this state-of-the-art Skyscan Atomic Clock as an example of superior design and engineering. Providing WWVB radio-controlled time, date, time zone, indoor and outdoor temperature display,  this innovative clock is ideal for home or office use. Operation of this product is simple and straightforward. By reading this operating manual, the user will however receive a better understanding of the Skyscan Atomic Clock together with the optimum benefit of all its features.


ATOMIC CLOCK:                

LCD1 display

LCD2 display

Hanging holes

Function keys

Foldable stand

Foldable stand

Battery cover

. WWVB Radio controlled time with manual time setting

. 12/24 hour time display

. Time display: hour, minute, second

. Alarm setting with snooze function

. Calendar display

. Weekday display (3 languages to choose from: English, French and Spanish)

. Time zone setting

. Daylight savings time ON/OFF option (DST)

. ºC or ºF temperature display selectable

. Indoor temperature display

. Outdoor temperature display via 433MHz transmission

. Wall mounting or freestanding


. Remote transmission of outdoor temperature to Temperature Station by 433 MHz signals

. Wall mounting case

TO INSTALL AND REPLACE BATTERIES IN THE ATOMIC CLOCK   The Atomic Clock uses 2 x AA, 1.5V batteries. To install and replace the batteries, please follow the steps below:

1. Insert finger or other solid object in the space at the bottom center of the battery compartment and lift up to remove the cover.

2. Insert batteries observing the correct polarity (see marking).

3. Replace compartment cover.


TO INSTALL AND REPLACE BATTERIES IN THE TEMPERATURE TRANSMITTER   The transmitter uses 2 x AA,1.5V batteries. To install and replace the batteries, please follow the steps below:   1. Remove the cover.

2. Insert the batteries, observing the correct polarity (see marking).

3. Replace the battery cover on the unit.

SETTING UP: Do not set the clock until the outdoor temperature is displayed.   1. Slide the battery cover open on the SkyScan Atomic Clock as indicated above (see “To install and replace batteries in the Atomic Clock“ above).

2. Checking the correct polarization, insert 2 x AA, 1.5V batteries into the battery compartment and replace the battery cover.

3. Once the batteries are in place, all segments of the LCD will light up briefly. Then the indoor temperature, the time as -:–, the date as 1.1. , and weekday will be displayed.

IMPORTANT: If the indoor temperature is not displayed after a few seconds, remove the batteries and wait for at least 10 seconds before reinserting them. 4. Within 2 minutes of activating the SkyScan Atomic Clock, place the batteries into the transmitter (see “To install and replace batteries in the Temperature Transmitter” above).

5. After a few seconds of inserting the batteries into the transmitter, the Atomic Clock will start receiving data from the transmitter. The remote temperature will then be displayed on the SkyScan Atomic Clock.

IMPORTANT: if this does not happen after 4 minutes, the batteries will need to be removed from both units and reset from step 1. Remove the batteries and wait for at least 30 seconds before reinserting them.  6. After the clock receives the outdoor temperature, set your time zone using the manual settings below. The default time zone is Eastern Standard Time. 7.  After the clock receives the outdoor temperature the WWVB time code reception will automatically start. This reception typically takes between 5-10 minutes in good conditions. If after 10 minutes the WWVB time has not been received, use the SET key to manually enter the set mode and change either the time or date in order to activate the WWVB reception (see manual settings below). The clock will then automatically attempt to receive the WWVB time from 12:00 am through 6:00 am each day (attempts WWVB reception every full hour within this time frame). When this is successful, the received time will override the manually set time. The date is also updated with the received time (Please refer to notes on “Radio controlled time” and “Manual time setting”).   Note: In the event of changing batteries of the unit ensure that the batteries do not spring free from the contacts. Always wait at least 30 seconds after removing the batteries before reinserting, otherwise start up and transmission problems may occur.   FUNCTION KEYS   The Atomic Clock has four easy to use keys:   SET key :  To enter into the set mode for the following functions: time zone, DST ON/OFF (daylight saving time), language, hour, minute, year, month, day, weekday, 12/24 hour, ºC or ºF temperature display    + key: To toggle between the second, temperature or weekday display   To change any values in manual set mode   ALARM key: To enter into the alarm set mode   To set the alarm ON/OFF   SNOOZE key: To activate the snooze function during alarm   To display the alarm time in normal mode display   To exit the setting modes   ATOMIC CLOCK LCD SCREEN DESCRIPTIONS   The Atomic Clock’s LCD is divided into 2 sections and once the batteries are inserted, all the segments will light up briefly before displaying the information for time, date, indoor and outdoor temperatures.

WWVB time

Outdoor temperature display

Indoor temperature or seconds display

Weekday or seconds display

Radio reception icon

Alarm icon


CHANGING THE DISPLAY MODE (DAY, SECONDS, AND TEMPERATURES)   There are three possible display modes to view the day, seconds, and temperatures.  The month&date/weekday/indoor temperature/outdoor temperature is the default.   To change the display:   1. Press the + key.  The display should now show the month&date/weekday/seconds/ outdoor temperature.

2. Press the + key a second time and the display will now show the month&date/seconds/indoor temperature/outdoor temperature.

3. Press the + key third time and the display will return to the normal display.  WWVB RADIO CONTROLLED TIME   The NIST radio station, WWVB, is located in Ft. Collins, Colorado and transmits the exact time signal continuously throughout the United States at 60 kHz. The signal can be received up to 2,000 miles away through the internal antenna in the Atomic Clock. However, due to the nature of the Earth’s Ionosphere, reception is very limited during daylight hours. The Atomic Clock will search for a signal every night when reception is best. The WWVB radio station derives its signal from the NIST Atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado. A team of atomic physicists continually measures every second of every day to an accuracy of ten billionths of a second a day. These physicists have created an international standard, measuring a second as 9,192,631,770 vibrations of a Cesium 133 atom in a vacuum. This Atomic Clock regulates the WWVB transmitter.   Once the outdoor temperature is displayed on the Atomic Clock, the WWVB tower icon in the clock display will start flashing in the top center of the LCD. This indicates that the clock has detected a radio signal and is trying to receive it. When the time code is received, the WWVB tower becomes permanently lit and the time will be displayed.   If the tower icon flashes, but does not set the time or the WWVB tower does not appear at all, then please take note of the following:   . Recommended distance to any interfering sources like computer monitors or TV sets is a minimum of 6 feet (2 meters).

. Within ferro-concrete rooms (basements, superstructures), the received signal is naturally weakened. In extreme cases, please place the unit close to a window and/ or point its front or back towards the Fort Collins, Colorado, transmitter.

. During nighttime, the atmospheric disturbances are usually less severe and reception is possible in most cases. A single daily reception is adequate to keep the accuracy deviation below 1 second.

Note:  In case the Atomic Clock is not able to detect the WWVB-signal (disturbances, transmitting distance, etc.), the time can be manually set (please refer to notes on Manual time setting)    MANUAL SETTINGS   Note: If the Atomic Clock has already successfully received the WWVB time signal and displays the correct time and date, then the Manual settings can be omitted.   After completion of the above described procedures in “Setting up” the manual setting modes can be entered by pressing the SET key. The following settings can now be programmed:   . Time zone setting


. Language display setting

. Manual time setting

. Year setting

. Month setting

. Date setting

. Weekday setting

. 12/24 hour time display setting

. ºC or ºF setting

TIME ZONE SETTING   After entering the manual setting mode as described above, the time zone can be set between the –1 to –12 hour or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) range in LCD2. To do this:

OR    1. The time zone (LCD2) will start flashing (Default setting “-5h“). Select the desired time zone by use of the + key.

Note: The time zones from –4 to –10 hours will be displayed with 3 characters abbreviations:   . -4 ATL (Atlantic time),

. -5 EST (Eastern time; default time zone),

. -6 CST (Central time),

. -7 MST (Mountain time),

. -8 PST (Pacific time),

. -9 ALA (Alaska time),

. -10 HAW (Hawaii time).

. “GMT” will be displayed if set to GMT (0).

2. Press the SET key to enter the “DST Setting“.

DST SETTING (daylight saving time)   1. The ON digit will start flashing on LCD1. Set the DST ON or OFF by pressing  the + key.

2. Press the SET key to enter the “Language Setting“.

Note:  The DST default is “ON”, meaning that the WWVB will automatically change the time according to Daylight Saving Time in the spring and fall.  For areas that do not recognize DST changes (Arizona and parts of Indiana) turn the DST “OFF”.   LANGUAGE SETTING   The weekdays can be displayed in LCD1 with the pre-set languages: US English, French and Spanish.   1. Set the desired language for the weekday display in LCD 2 by use of the + key.

2. Press the SET key to enter the mode “Manual Time Setting”.

MANUAL TIME SETTING    In case the SkyScan Atomic Clock is not able to detect the WWVB-signal (disturbances, transmitting distance, etc.), the time can be manually set. The clock will then work as a normal Quartz clock.   Note: In 12 hours mode the time will be displayed with an additional “PM” for the time from 12:00 noon until 11:59.   1. The hour digits will start flashing on LCD1. Set the desired hours by pressing the + key followed by pressing the SET key.

2. Now the minute digits will start flashing. Set the desired minutes by pressing the + key . If the + key is held, the units will increase by 5.

3. Press the SET key to move to the “Year Setting”.

Note: The unit will still try and receive the signal every day despite it being manually set. When it does receive the signal, it will change the manually set time into the received time. During reception attempts the WWVB tower icon will flash. If reception has been unsuccessful, then the WWVB tower icon will not appear but reception will still be attempted the following hour.   WWVB time reception takes place from 12:00 am through 6:00 am each day (attempts WWVB reception every full hour within this time frame). When the time signal is received for example at 1:00 am, the SkyScan Atomic Clock will not attempt to receive the WWVB signal for the remaining hours until 6:00 am. Therefore, the next signal attempt will take place between 12:00 am and 6:00 am the next day. The other times WWVB reception takes place, are upon setup and after manual time set exiting mode. Reception is generally not possible during daylight hours due to the interference of the sun.   YEAR SETTING   The year can be selected sequentially from 2000 to 2049 and will then start over again (default setting 2000). Only the last 2 digits of the year will be visible on LCD2.   1. The year digits will start flashing on LCD1. Select the desired year by use of the + key.

2. Press the SET key to switch to the “Month Setting”.

MONTH SETTING   1. The month digits on LCD2 will start flashing. Set the desired month by use of the + key. 2. Press the SET key to move to the mode “Date Setting”.   DATE SETTING   1. The digits for the date will start flashing on LCD2 (Default setting 1). Set the desired date by use of the + key.

Note: The date can only be set in conjunction with the selected month. For example, it is not possible to set the date 30 if the month of February is selected.   2. Press the SET key to enter the “Weekday Setting”.

WEEKDAY SETTING   1. The weekday symbols will be displayed on LCD2 in the pre-set language and flashing. Set the desired weekday by use of the + key.

2. Press the SET key to enter the mode “12/24 Hours Time Display Setting”.

12/24 HOURS TIME DISPLAYSETTING   1. The “12h” or “24h” will start flashing in LCD1 (Default setting 12h). Select the desired time display mode by use of the + key.

2. Press the SET key to enter the “ºC/ºF Temperature Setting“.

°C OR °F TEMPERATURE SETTING   1. The characters “°C” or “°F” will start flashing on LCD1 (Default setting °F). By use of the + key select “°C” for temperature display in degrees Celsius or “°F” for degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Press the SET key to exit the setting mode and switch back to the normal display mode . EXIT THE MANUAL SETTING MODES   . To return to the normal display mode from anywhere in manual setting mode simply press the SNOOZE key anytime.

. If no keys are pressed for at least 15 seconds in setting mode, the Atomic Clock will automatically switch back to normal display mode.

ALARM SETTING   To enter into the alarm setting mode:   1. Hold the ALARM key for 2 seconds. The hour digits start flashing.

2. Press the + key to set the hour.

3. Press the ALARM key to set the minutes. The minute digits start flashing.

4. Press the + key to set the minutes.

5. Press again the ALARM key to exit the Alarm setting mode or wait for 15 seconds automatic timeout.


Alarm icon (((.))) (ON)

The alarm will be automatically ON. To deactivate the alarm (OFF), press once the ALARM key in normal mode display.   SNOOZE SETTING   The snooze can only be activated during alarm time for a snooze duration of 10 minutes.    OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE TRANSMITTER:   The temperature is measured and transmitted to the SkyScan Atomic Clock every 1 minute. The Atomic Clock will update the temperature display every 5 minutes. The range of the Outdoor Temperature Transmitter may be affected by the temperature. At cold temperatures the transmitting distance may be decreased. Please bear this in mind when positioning the transmitter. Also the batteries may be reduced in power.   433MHz RECEPTION CHECK FOR OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE TRANSMITTER   The Atomic Clock will receive the temperature data within 4 minutes. If the temperature data is not being received 4 minutes after setting up (the display shows “- – -”), then please check the following points:   1. The distance of the Atomic Clock or Outdoor Temperature Transmitter should be at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from any interfering sources such as computer monitors or TV sets. 2. Avoid placing the receiver onto or in the immediate proximity of metal window frames. 3. Using other electrical products such as headphones or speakers operating on the same signal frequency (433MHz) may prevent correct signal transmission and reception. 4. Neighbors using electrical devices operating on the 433MHz signal frequency can also cause interference.   Note:  When the 433 MHz signal is received correctly, do not re-open the battery cover of either the Outdoor Temperature Transmitter or Atomic Clock, as the batteries may spring free from the contacts and force a false reset. Should this happen accidentally then reset all units (see Setting up above) otherwise transmission problems may occur.   The maximum transmission range is 82 feet (25 meters) from the Outdoor Temperature Transmitter to the Skyscan Atomic Clock (in open space). However, this depends on the surrounding environment and interference levels. If no reception is possible despite the observation of these factors, all system units have to be reset (see Setting up).   POSITIONING   Note:   Before permanently mounting ensure that the Skyscan Atomic Clock is able to receive WWVB signals from the desired location. Also, extreme and sudden changes in temperature will decrease the accuracy of the Atomic Clock, and changes in elevation will result with inaccurate temperatures readings for the next 12 to 24 hours. These changes will require a 12  to 24 hour wait before obtaining reliable data. To achieve a true temperature reading, avoid mounting where direct sunlight can reach the OutdoorTemperature Transmitter. It is  recommended to mount the Outdoor Temperature Transmitter on a North-facing wall. The maximum transmitting range is 82 feet (25 meters) obstacles such as walls, concrete, and large metal objects can reduce the range. Place both units in their desired location, and wait approximately 10 minutes before permanently mounting to ensure that there is proper reception.    POSITIONING THE ATOMIC CLOCK:   There are two possible ways to mount the Atomic Clock: . use of the foldout table stands, or

. wall mounting

FOLDOUT TABLE STANDS  The foldout table stand legs are located on the backside, at the lower corners, and on both sides of the battery cover. The hinges are towards the edges of the SkyScan Atomic Clock, and the ends (with no hinge) need to be folded out towards the edge. Once the foldout table stands are extended, place the Atomic Clock in an appropriate location.  WALL MOUNTING  1) Using a straightedge, horizontally space at 3-15/16 of an inch (100.58mm) three screw positions on a wall.

2) Install three mounting screws (not included) into a wall within transmission range—leaving approximately 3/16 of an inch (5mm) extended from the wall.

3) Place the SkyScan Atomic Clock onto the screws, using the hanging holes on the backside. Gently pull the Atomic Clock down to lock the screws into place.

Always ensure that the SkyScan Atomic Clock locks onto the screws before releasing.   POSITIONING THE OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE TRANSMITTER   The Outdoor Temperature transmitter can be mounted in two ways: . with the use of screws, or

. using the adhesive tape.


1) Remove the mounting bracket from the Outdoor Temperature Transmitter.

2) Place the mounting bracket over the desired location. Through the three screw holes of the bracket, mark the mounting surface with a pencil.

3) Where marked, start the screw holes into mounting surface.

4) Screw mounting bracket onto the mounting surface. Ensure that the screws are flush with the bracket.

MOUNTING WITH ADHESIVE TAPE   1) With a nonabrasive solution, clean and dry the back of the mounting bracket and the mounting surface to ensure a secure hold. The mounting surface should be smooth and flat.

2) Remove the protective strip from one side of the tape. Adhere the tape to the designated area on the back of the mounting bracket.

3) Remove the protective strip from the other side of the tape. Position the Outdoor Temperature

transmitter in the desired location, ensuring that the  Skyscan  Atomic Clock can receive the signal.

TROUBLESHOOTING   Problem:  The LCD is faint.   Solution:  1)   Replace the batteries.   Problem:  No reception of WWVB signal   Solution:  1) It may help reception to face the front of the Atomic Clock in the general direction of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

2) Wait overnight for signal.

3) Be sure the SkyScan Atomic Clock is at least 6 feet (2 meters) from any electrical devices, i.e. TV sets, computers, or other radio controlled clocks.

4) Remove batteries for five minutes, reinsert and leave the unit alone overnight without pressing any keys.

Problem:  Hour is incorrect (minute and date are correct).   Solution:  1)    Be sure the correct time zone and daylight saving time are selected.   Problem:  “OFL“ appears in the indoor temperature section of the LCD   Solution:  1) Move the SkyScan Atomic Clock to an area with warmer or cooler surrounding temperature. Current surrounding temperatures are outside measuring range.

Problem:  “–.-” appears in the outdoor temperature section of the LCD.   Solution:  1) Remove the batteries of both units for one minute, then reinsert them again. Make sure the batteries are new and fresh.

2) Move the Atomic Clock closer to the transmitter or place the transmitter closer to the Skyscan Atomic Clock. Make sure the clock is at a receivable range from the transmitter.

3) Move the units to another location. Interferences from other electrical devices operating on the same signal frequency (433MHz)  may prevent correct signal transmission and reception.

Problem:  “OFL“ appears in the outdoor temperature section of the LCD.   Solution:  1) Wait until the current surrounding temperature cools down or increases. Current temperature is outside of the measuring range of the transmitter. The outdoor temperature will be displayed again once the current surrounding temperature is within the range of the transmitter.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE:   . Avoid placing the units in areas prone to vibration and shock as these may cause damage.

. Avoid areas where the units can be exposed to sudden changes in temperature, i.e. direct sunlight, extreme cold and wet/moist conditions as these will lead to rapid changes, which reduces the accuracy of readings.

. When cleaning the LCD and casing, use a soft damp cloth only. Do not use solvents or scouring agents.

. Do not submerge the units into water.

. Immediately remove all low powered batteries to avoid leakage and damage. Replace only with new batteries of the recommended size.

. Do not make any repairs to the units. Please return it to the original point of purchase. Opening and tampering with the units may invalidate the warranty.

SPECIFICATIONS:   Temperature measuring range    Indoor:  +32ºF to +122ºF with 0.2ºF resolution               0ºC to +50ºC with 0.1ºC resolution              (“OFL” displayed if outside this range)   Outdoor:  -21.8ºF to +140ºF with 0.2ºF resolution                  -29.9ºC to +59.9ºC with 0.1ºC resolution                 (“OFL“ displayed if outside this range)   Temperature checking interval   Indoor:  every 10 seconds Outdoor:  every 5 minutes    Transmission distance:  maximum 82 feet (25 meters) in open field, depending upon surrounding structures, mounting location and possible interfering sources   Power source (Alkaline batteries recommended)   Atomic Clock:  2 x AA, 1.5V batteries Transmitter:  2 x AA, 1.5V batteries Battery life:  about 12 months   Dimensions (L x W x H)   Atomic Clock: 11.41“ x 0.98“ x 7.48“ / 290 x 25 x 190mm Transmitter: 2.57“ x 0.9“ x 5.04“ / 40 x 23 x 128 mm   LIABILITY DISCLAIMER:   . The manufacturer and supplier cannot accept any responsibility for any incorrect readings and any consequences that occur should an inaccurate reading take place.

. This product is only designed for use in the home or office.

. This product is not to be used for medical purposes or for public information.

. The specifications of this product may change without prior notice.

. This product is not a toy. Keep out of the reach of children

. No part of this manual may be reproduced without written authorization of the manufacturer.

WARRANTY:    This product is warranted to be free of defects in manufacturing for 90 days after purchase from Sams Club.   This model is discontinued and not eligible for the manufacturer’s warranty. Defective clocks should be returned to the place of retail purchase.   BATTERIES CHANGE:   For best performance, batteries should be replaced at least once a year to maintain the best running accuracy. Ensure that the batteries used are new and the correct size.

Please help in the preservation of the environment and return used batteries to an authorized depot.   WARNING! . Do not mix old and new batteries.

. Do not mix alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc), or rechargeable (nickel cadmium) batteries.